The commuter train, full of passengers, travels throuhg Quircot de Cartago several times day. | Photo: Fernando Gutierrez, La Nacion
The commuter train, full of passengers, travels throuhg Quircot de Cartago several times day. | Photo: Fernando Gutierrez, La Nacion

COSTA RICA NEWS – A landslide adjacent to the railway in Cartago, in the area of Quircot, has residents worried, many of whom use the commuter train regularly.

Their concern is that a collapse could occur at any time and being so close to the rail line, the results could be disastrous.

Community leader, Andrés Quirós, has called on the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – Costa Rica’s railway – to intervene as soon as possible.

“When the rail line was reactivated there was no concern taken for the channeling of water. Now it is essential a retaining wall be built…,” said Quirós.

Quirós added that residents have noticed that train operators slow down when passing through the site, this after residents informed them of the landslide.

Commuter train service between Cartago and San José restarted in May 2013, under the previous administration, at a cost of ¢3.8 billion colones.

Last month, the Incofer, reported problems in the area of Ochomogo, caused by the clacking and vibration of the train car.

So far the Incofer has not made any public statements on the Quircot situation.

Source: La Nacion


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